Sunday, March 18, 2018
You want to create a better world but don't know where to start? Let's start by saving the Earth. To have a better world we must take care of our earth. It is the only one we have! And having compassion for the earth is a great we to start to make a better world.
Instead of buying new things buy second-hand, or fix the old. Repair appliances and clothing. Manufacturing emits carbon dioxide when making new products.
Unplug energy electronics when not in use, use power strips for lamps and TV. Unplug chargers when you aren't using them. Reduce the amount of energy required for your home. Only replace with energy smart appliances when upgrading.
When you stay at a hotel, hang up and reuse your towels rather than washing them after each use. This saves water and energy.
Instead of turning up the heat, wear a warm sweater in winter. In summer open your windows and turn on a fan instead of blasting the air conditioner. Much of the energy used in your home is still created by coal fueled plants that emit lots of carbon dioxide.
If you see a business with the door propped open in the summer with their air conditioning running, ask them to close the door. Leaving the door open to an air-conditioned building can let 2.2 tons of energy's carbon dioxide escape over the summer.
Eat more vegetables and less meat. Livestock accounts for some of Earth's heat-trapping gas emissions. Eating more plants cuts down on the need for so much livestock and the plants help change carbon dioxide into oxygen.
Leave your gasoline powered vehicles at home when you can walk to bike to your destination. These vehicles produce massive amounts of carbon dioxide. When you do drive, don't let the engine idle for more than you stopping at lights and traffic. This will save the air you breathe and also save you the cost of gasoline!
There are a lot of ways to help save the earth. More in future blogs . . .
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
The Kindness Campaign encourages you to do acts of kindness every day. Some folks have trouble thinking of things to do, at least until they get into the habit of finding ways to be kind. So, if you need some ideas I'll try to list some for you.
Be aware of what others are doing. Who might you assist? Take your time at the grocery store so you can be aware of someone who might not be able to reach the top shelf, or someone who could use help putting their grocery bags into their car. Is there an elderly person who needs help with something they are no longer able to do themselves? Do you know someone who dosn't have a car and could use a ride?
To whom might you verbalize your thanks for what they do? Be aware of all the things others do to maker life better or easier for someone and thank them for their behaviors. Have you told a wait-staff person thank you for their specific service? Or maybe you see someone in uniform [armed services, or emergency first-responders]. Tell them you are grateful for the work they do. There is a long list of service people that seldom get thanked, or even noticed. Thank your janitor at work and your spouse at home.
Look around wherever you are for little things you might do, like pick up litter, put shopping carts where they belong, re-shelve something that has been dropped on the floor at a store. Put away a family members scattered items when they are having a hard day. Take over a chore from someone who could just use a break.
Drop a card in the mail for someone you haven't seen in a while, or for someone who is ill or having a struggle with something tough. Write a letter to someone who seldom gets mail, maybe an elderly person confined to home or a facility.
Start visiting someone who has few visitors who is in a facility. Even if you have never met, you can make a new friend and make their day. Invite a friend or two to come for a meal. Maybe you can baby sit for a busy mom who could just use a couple of child-free hours.
Have you noticed that these acts of kindness are very inexpensive? You don't have to be wealthy to make a difference in someone's life.
Yes, they might take a little time. So slow down a little and make time for being kind.
Sunday, March 4, 2018
We say we want to stop the hate, to change the direction of our leaders, to solve the problems of drugs and guns and community violence.
We say it, but what do we do about it? What have you done about it? Really. What can you do about it?
It is so much easier to talk about change than it is to actually act on it. Just try something as simple as first putting your shoe on the foot opposite to the foot you usually do. We just naturally do it the same way every day. Doing it differently takes some thought, we have to pay attention and not do it mindlessly. And we'd have to do it over and over to make it a habit. It is the same with any behavior change. Maybe we just don't know where to start to change the world.
Maybe the need for change is so all encompassing that we don't believe we will make a difference. Maybe it seems too big for one person. Well, it is and it isn't. Every action on our part creates reactions. We can consciously choose actions that are most likely to have a positive reaction. And even small actions make a difference.
Often our small action just naturally creates positive reactions in other people and it moves outward like the pebble dropped into water moves water outward. You smile at others and give a cheery greeting and those others are uplifted and more likely to spread cheer. That difference is increased by enlisting others to take action too.
Maybe real change will require changing leaders by electing those who are more likely to behave with compassion. You can help register like-minded people to vote and help them get to the polls. You might choose to actually campaign for leaders you believe will make a difference.
We want to see more compassion, more love, more positive action from people. In order for that to happen we have to mirror that. We must develop our compassion for others. We must act and react in a more loving manner. We must encourage others to do likewise. And we must do it over and over until it becomes a habit.
You have a voice and can use it to work for solutions to the problems of drugs and gun violence. Just look at what the teens in Parkland, Florida, are doing.
The important thing is for you to really want to change - yourself and others - enough to take steps toward change.
What steps will you take today?
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Are you with me as part of the Kindness Campaign to change the world to something better?
Want to know ways to turn your caring into action?
Today's daily dozen to-do list:
- Gather a few neighbors to dopt an entrance to your neighborhood and periodically have a get-together to keep it weeded and cleaned up. Serve refreshments and make it a Saturday morning party!
- Send cards or letters of appreciation to people you read about in the news who have done good deeds. Send kind thoughts to people you hear about in your community who have suffered a setback. Send "Thinking of You" cards to acquaintances who may be struggling with some issue in their life.
- Write a note to the supervisor of someone who has been particularly helpful, letting him or her know how the employee helped you.
- Collect stories from family members about kind acts, both given and received, and create a family scrapbook. If you have photos, include them with the stories. As years go by and as your children grow, all of yu can review the many ways that kindness has touched your family's life.
- Spruce up the yard of a neighbor or friend who is ill or who has just had surgery or a death in the family.
- Smile and say "hello" to someone you don't know.
- Save box tops for education and donate to a local school, even if you don't have children.
- Create or donate floral arrangements for a senior center, nursing home, police station, hospital or the home-bound.
- Set aside a portion of your garden for a neighbor child to tend, and work in the garden together, offering ideas and expertise as you go. Or simply help a child start a vegetable plant, teach him or her how to tend it, and allow them to take the produce home.
- Sponsor a "Kindness Zone" or "practice Random Acts of Kindness" sign at entrances to the downtown area of your community.
- Put notes of encouragement in library books for someone else to find. [Don't write in the books, of course.]
- Prepare treats for neighbors, emergency workers, mail carriers, coworkers, military personnel, or other community members, along with a note of appreciation. Drop off homemade baked goods to the nearest fire station, police station, emergency room, post office, etc., to let them know how much they are appreciated.
- Share the Kindness Campaign with others; share the blog on FaceBook, Twitter, etc. and enlist more recruits.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
For me, having a list helps me keep on track and organized. I don't know how useful listing is for you, but for me it gives me focus. And having things written down helps me create even more ideas.
So a couple of years ago I started compiling lists of how to make the world better through acts of kindness. I'll share them here and following posts in the hope that they will spark your ideas, and that you will share your list, too.
Today's daily dozen to-do list choices:
- Refrain from judging others or harassing them because they may be different or because of their actions. Search yourself or things you have in common rather than ways you are different.
- Organize a flower-planting party in a nearby park, school, or faith organization. Consider the response others have to the beauty of nature and what a difference that can make for their day when they enjoy your handiwork.
- Write a kind note to relatives and friends, letting them know why they are special.
- Open the door for another person when out in public, no matter who that person is. Smile a greeting.
- Consider needs others may have that you don't see being met and do something to change that. E.g. Approach bookstores owners and publishers about ordering and carrying more books in large print or on tape.
- Talk to others about kindness, why it makes a difference and the fact that it really is easy to do.
- Recycle all newspapers, plastics, aluminum, and paper, even if you have to go out of your way to do it. Be kind to the earth.
- Create a "smile file" with cartoons and pictures that make othrs smile; pick out a cartoon to cheer up a friend in need.
- Take a day and pay a compliment once every hour; practice telling people what you like about them.
- Call an animal shelter and find out what donations they need. Collect treats, food, first aid supplies, toys, cat litter, towels, and soft blankets for the homeless animals. Most shelters will encourage you to come "visit" the animals to give them special individual attention. Go regularly and get your "animal love fix!"
- Switch to pet-safe antifreeze. Antifreeze contains propylene glycol that carries a tempting but fatal taste to animals. Just one teaspoon can kill a cat and two ounces can kill a dog.
- Reduce air pollution by planting trees and plants in your yard.
- Enlist others to participate in the Kindness Campaign.